Trying a New Technique…

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I have always photographed with film, and when I began using black and white film I became addicted to the printing process. Now it has come to the point where I believe the printing process is equally, if not more important, than the actual capturing of the negative. In a way it’s similar to how a painter will sometimes sketch a scene before beginning his canvas…the negative is only a small step towards the end result.

Within the last three years I have become quite influenced by the pictorialist style of photography. I have experimented greatly in the darkroom… and within the last few months have begun to incorporate¬† charcoal, pastel and even soil into my printing process.

While I won’t go into the exact specifics of how I use these materials I will say that I am very drawn to the ‘etched’ quality of the prints.

I am currently doing a series on landscapes in Western Canada using these new techniques. The image you see here was taken this past winter in Elk Island National Park. As the series continues to develop, I’ll post the new work on my website, Jonathan Luckhurst Photography (http://www NULL.jonathanluckhurst